Everything Comes to You: Yoga of Gratitude

About This Event

“Gratitude is a lesson hard to learn for those who look upon the world amiss.”

—A Course in Miracles

Join Bharata Wingham for this weekend focused on what allows effortless gratitude in life. Going to the heart of what we can undo, not on what we must do to be grateful.

As important as the grateful attitude is on our journey to spiritual and emotional maturity, it also can also be very difficult for some of us to experience in a world that sometimes seems to hold out little for us to be grateful for.

Drawing from A Course in Miracles’ healing power of the “holy instant” and the timeless yogic teachings of “Shiva's Dance of Bliss", we will learn practical ways to uncover the gratitude, like peace, that is our natural inheritance – bypassing trying to become grateful.

In the holy instant, there is no action necessary, it is already complete all at once, like memory, more on the order of getting a joke. All at once.

Undoing is a critical practice in most spiritual paths. Sri Swami Satchidananda professed he was an  “Un-doist”. Undoing is key to experiencing gratitude every day.

Centering on developing an ability to experience gratitude regardless of everything that might seem to get in the way or not go our way.

These topics will be explored and developed in the workshop:

How to dissolve non-grateful  and stressful states by learning to shift our awareness of time to awareness in space

The Holy Instant: a momentary pause and “suspension of disbelief”- just snap your fingers

The Gratitude Prayer and its role in an attitude of gratitude

Forgiveness: “who” forgives and “who” is grateful?

Recognizing who we truly are and who others are

Uncovering both sides of the “Golden Rule” without which the rule is incomplete and less effective

How our judgments weaken our ability to be grateful and how to undo them

What to do immediately when gratitude isn't present

To move toward wordless prayer and the role of feeling in prayer

How the two impulses of manifestation, love and fear, affect our sense of gratitude

When you are grateful for what you have or don't have it can free up open space. We will work with the principle that what we overly want energetically pushes it away, and what we don't want too much can draw it to us. When you don't want what you don't have it can draw it to us.

It's a basic simplicity:

Seek and it hides

Hide and it seeks

That’s the dance — and it always takes two.

Testimonials

Thank you. My weekend at Yogaville was truly a life-changing experience for me. This course came at

the exact moment I really needed it in my life. And I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet you and everyone else

that was there that weekend. I’m looking forward to moving forward down this path. — Breia

Beloved Bharata you have shared such loving and peaceful spirit that really joined us all together. Thank you for sharing this powerful wake-up call. I am believing. — Damayanty

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Retreat and how it has inspired me. I rediscovered where I need to put my attention. I was pretty lost in the world of form and illusion for awhile and was suffering quite a bit. I feel reconnected to spirit thanks to you and all the loving people of Yogaville. — Melissa

Bharata offered an intellectually stimulating program based on the Course in Miracles. A consummate professional knowing the information inside and out, he created the perfect container for the intrigued participants who were full of deep questions. Many wish the program was longer, a week if not at least 5 days long. Bharata’s humor came through subtly keeping a nice balanced atmosphere throughout the weekend. — Sita

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Accommodations

The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

Dormitory
The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Tenting
Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Lacto-vegetarian
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe

Directions

Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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